UCL Graduate degrees


Trauma and Orthopaedics Doc Orth

This programme, unique to UCL, focuses on the greater integration of clinical service, research and education in the NHS, as exemplified by the development of the various Academic Health Science Centre models, in order to speed the development of improvements in patient care.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Part time: 6 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 30 July 2021
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£2,865 (PT)
£26,680 (PT)

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

MBBS, MRCS and a higher surgical training number in Orthopaedics GMC registration, or the overseas equivalent.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Delivered from the world renowned research groups based at the Institute of Orthopaedics and Biomedical Engineering, part of the UCL and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. The course directors lead units of major importance in clinical care and are at the cutting edge of research and development in novel prostheses development, cell-engineering, spinal surgery, osteoporosis, nerve injuries, and diseases of childhood.

Research areas

  • Osteoporosis
  • Bone tumour biology
  • Joint replacement
  • Tissue engineering
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Imaging and materials science
  • Performance/rehabilitation
  • Peripheral nerve and spinal injury
More information can be found on the department website: Trauma and Orthopaedics Doc Orth

About this degree

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


Details of subject-specific funding opportunities can be obtained from the Teaching Administrator.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


Graduates are expected to take up consultant/clinical academic posts in trauma and orthopaedics.


Academic Trauma and Orthopaedics Clinical consultant. With the breadth of research activity and internationally leading expertise available within the Division of Surgery & Interventional Science we aim to enhance our students' experience through offering the finest environment for personal and academic development. We have excellent facilities ranging from nanotechnology laboratories to stem cell facilities, GLP laboratories, custom joint design and manufacture, gait analysis and computer modelling facilities within the division.


The division offers a unique environment of interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research between surgeons, basic scientists, materials scientists, engineers, mathematical modellers, physiotherapists, nurse practitioners, and interaction with other allied health professionals working within the surgical environment is actively encouraged.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Doc Orth (Professional Doctorate in Orthopaedics) is designed to train the next generation of research-active orthopaedic surgeons. This programme will bring together three elements of training under one professional doctoral programme.

  • A taught element
  • A reflective document on clinical competence
  • High quality research

Combined with the existing higher surgical training programme, this course will offer students both an excellent preparation for FRCS (Orth) and a professional doctorate with an original research element.

Department: Division of Surgery & Interventional Science

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

Application deadlines

All applicants
30 July 2021

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

For more information see our Applications page.

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